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Abrasive Blasting Permit (Sand Blasting)


The Abrasive Blasting Permit is required for anyone using abrasive materials (ie. Silica, Water) to prepare any surface. Airborne particles can be a health hazard to neighbors. Testing is required to determine the lead content of the paint. No water or debris is allowed to leave the property during abrasive blasting.

The City of Minneapolis Lead & Healthy Homes Program conducts lead testing of surfaces to be sand blasted. Documentation of this testing is required before beginning abrasive blasting activities.


Abrasive Blasting Permit (pdf)

Abrasive Blasting Ordinance

59.50. Abrasive blasting permit required. (a) No person shall abrasively blast the interior or exterior of any building, structure, or other architectural surface except under specific permit from the assistant city coordinator for regulatory services or their designee.

(b) The fees for an abrasive blasting permit issued pursuant to paragraph 59.50(a) shall be as established in the director's fee schedule pursuant to section 91.70. Permits shall be obtained in advance of the proposed activity.

(c) Parties applying for an abrasive blasting permit must provide forty-eight (48) hours in advance a general notice of their construction activity to all occupants of the building, structure or architectural surface where the construction activity will occur and to all building owners and their tenants within a seventy-five (75) foot radius of the building, structure or architectural surface to be abrasively blasted. The notice must include contact information for the party performing the construction activity, brief description of the proposed work, intended dates and times and identify that complaints regarding the construction activity will be received by Minneapolis Information and Services by dialing 311 in Minneapolis or (612) 673-3000 from cell phones and outside Minneapolis.

(d) All painted surfaces to be abrasively blasted must be tested for lead content following EPA, HUD or ASTM protocols.

(e) All abrasive blasting activity shall meet the following performance standards:

(1) Standards established in Chapters 46, 47, 48, 50, and 389 of this Code;

(2) Standards established in Minnesota Rule Part 7025 if laboratory analysis indicates the presence of lead based paint;

(3) Dust generated by the activity must be contained on site; and

(f) Applications for an abrasive blasting permit shall be in such form as prescribed by the department of regulatory services. A copy of the written notice required by 59.50(c) and analytical results required by 59.50(d) must be submitted with the permit application. If analytical results as required by 59.50(d) are not submitted with the application, the permit will not be issued until the city has tested the painted surface.

(g) In the event the applicant cannot perform the abrasive blasting on the scheduled date(s) contained in the application the applicant shall provide notification to environmental services, the owners of the property, and as required in 59.50(c)(3) twenty-four (24) hours prior to the commencement of the rescheduled abrasive blasting operation. (2008-Or-097, § 1, 12-12-08)

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Last updated Dec 4, 2015